Metz 36AF4 with M lenses


kris713

Link Posted 17/09/2011 - 19:17
I'm using the above flash which I bought off SRS ebay shop recently. A very nice flash till you're using an A or F lens. For some reason the flash completely refuses to fire when using a non A manual lens (in this case a Helios 44K). Any advice on how to make this work with a Helios 44K?
Thanks

Jonathan-Mac

Link Posted 18/09/2011 - 18:50
As the flash & lenses are all manual, you will need to put the camera into M mode & set the shutter speed to 1/160 (if camera set to 1/3 stops) or 1/180 (if set to 1/2 stops). Thatīs the sync speed for Pentax flashes. Below that speed Iīm not sure what the results will be like, it may work, but above that speed the flash simply wonīt fire.
Pentax hybrid user - Digital K3 & K200D, film 645 and 35mm SLR and Pentax (&other) lenses adapted to Fuji X digital
Fan of DA limited and old manual lenses

sterretje

Link Posted 23/09/2011 - 18:24
The effect of a slower speed will be that more of the available light will be included in the image.
Pentax K10D + Vivitar 55/2.8 macro + Super Takumar 55/1.8 + SuperMultiCoated Takumar 85/1.8 + SuperMultiCoated Takumar 135/3.5 + SuperMultiCoated Takumar 200/4 + Super Takumar 300/4
Pentax K100D + DA18-55ALII + DA55-300
Pentax K5 + FA31Ltd + M50/1.7 + DFA100WR + M120/2.8 (+ DA18-55WR at occasion)

kris713

Link Posted 25/09/2011 - 18:03
Apparently 36AF4 does not work with non A manual lenses. It does not fire when using a non A manual lens, whatever the shutter speed.
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